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Degree

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Forensic Science

Course code: #DSN

bachelor

Degree

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Forensic Science

Quick facts

  • Tuition

    23,663 CAD

  • Application fee

    166 CAD

  • Years of study

    4-5 years

  • PGWP Duration

    3 years

  • Min required GPA

    70 out of 100

Included
Capstone Project
Thesis
optional
Research

DeadLines

START & DEADLINE TERM DEADLINE APPLICATION
Fall-September 31-March-2022 31-March-2022

Overview

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Forensic Science

Forensic Science is an emerging interdisciplinary area of science that includes elements of social science and involves the use of scientific principles to analyze evidence for legal investigations. 

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Science is distinguished by a strong scientific foundation in biology and chemistry, with allied courses related to forensic aspects of identification, toxicology, ethics and law.

The first year of the program has core courses in each of biology, chemistry, calculus, and physics. 

This provides students with a basic grounding in fundamental science disciplines, both in order to prepare them for future scientific developments in any area they choose to pursue, and also to allow the flexibility for selecting different scientific specializations in the upper years of study. 

Forensic Science program specializations include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and provide students with opportunities inherent in typical programs in these areas, including post‐degree and graduate studies. 

In keeping with Ontario Tech university’s mission to prepare students for careers, this program also includes development in leadership skills and is accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) – Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

 

Chemistry specialization

Forensic chemistry encompasses numerous disciplines including paint analysis, arson and fire debris investigations, explosives analysis, fibre and textile testing as well as the subdiscipline of toxicology, the study of drugs and poisons

Forensic chemists use a myriad of technologies, such as gas chromatography, liquid chromatography and mass spectroscopy to determine the quantity and quality of various organic and inorganic substances that comprise evidence in criminal, civil and regulatory legal matters.

 

Biology specialization

Forensic biology spans a multitude of applications of biological evidence, such as blood and other body fluids, hairs, botanical remains, microbes and insects, to criminal, civil and regulatory law investigations and prosecutions. 

Biological evidence is particularly valuable to the justice system due to the presence of DNA and the ability to associate such evidence with an individual or species, and to do so with a statistically relevant degree of reliability. 

Forensic biologists analyze DNA using technologies such as real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) quantitation, short tandem repeat (STR) analysis and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, and assess the weight of evidence referring to principles of statistical analysis and population genetics.

 

Physics specialization

The discipline of forensic physics describes the application of the scientific study of matter, motion and energy to forensic investigations of many types, including bloodstain pattern analysis, ballistics, accident reconstruction, metal strength and damage analysis, optical and acoustic analyses, as well as tracing radioactive materials and sources of nuclear weapons. 

An emerging field in this specialization is the forensic analysis of digital, electronic and multimedia evidence, with applications not only in criminal, civil and regulatory cases, but also in corporate and national security.

Smart Cost Estimator

Count of person
Accommodation

$35,771

Total costs

yearly

$7,068

Cost of living

1 person

$5,040

Accommodation

1 bed room

$23,663

Tuition

1 person

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including:

  • English (ENG4U) with a minimum average of 60 per cent
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), or Physics (SPH4U)
  • A combined minimum 70 per cent average in math and science courses

 

China:

  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate and Huikao, or similar provincial examination results.

 

India:

  • All India Senior School Certificate awarded by CBSE; or
  • Indian School Certificate awarded by CISCE; or
  • Individual State Boards – Intermediate/Pre-University/Higher Secondary/Senior Secondary School Certificate

 

Iran:

  • High School Diploma and Pre-university Year Certificate

Required documents

  • Academic/Official Transcripts
  • Language Proficiency (If Applicable)
  • Passport or Visa Documents

Language Requirements

GRE
GMAT

IELTS

6.5
6
listening
6
writing
6
speaking
6
reading

TOEFL

83
20
listening
20
writing
19
speaking
20
reading

PTE

58
-
listening
-
writing
-
speaking
-
reading

Cambridge

180
170
listening
170
writing
170
speaking
170
reading
Language pathway (conditional offer) is available

Duolingo English Test (DET): Minimum score of 110 (Education and Nursing programs require a total score of 120).

EAP:

Pre-EAP Program: Students who need more preparation before entering the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program will be admitted to the Pre-EAP Program for a minimum of eight weeks.

 Upon successful completion of pre-EAP, students will enter Level 1 of EAP. The Pre-EAP program focuses on building and improving basic English language skills.

 

Level IELTS (academic) entry requirementTOEFL entry requirementDescriptionOutcomes
EAP 60006.579-93Post-English for Academic PurposesDirect entry to select Ontario Tech and Durham College programs (including Education and Nursing programs).
EAP 50006.0 (no band score less than 5.5)60-78Higher Advanced English for Academic PurposesDirect entry to most Ontario Tech undergraduate and graduate programs and Durham College graduate certificate programs.
EAP 40005.5 (no band score less than 5.0)46-59Advanced English for Academic PurposesDirect entry to most of Durham College diploma programs.
EAP 30005.0 (no band score less than 4.5)40-45Intermediate English for Academic Purposes 
EAP 20005.0 (band scores less than 4.5)35-39Developing English for Academic Purposes 
EAP 10004.5 (no band score less than 4.0)32-34Introduction to English for Academic Purposes 
Pre-EAP4.0<32Pre-English for Academic Purposes 

Career Opportunities

  • Immigration Officer
  • Customs document examiner
  • Forensic scientist or technologist
  • Government or private research laboratory technician
  • Insurance and fraud investigator
  • Police officer
  • Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) (after required training)

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